The FireBird Camera Link Frame Grabbers are designed for ultimate performance providing the very fastest image acquisition without any CPU intervention using the latest FPGA families, DDR3 memory, and a fast Gen2 PCI Express interface.
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FireBird is designed for ultimate performance providing the very fastest image acquisition without any CPU intervention using the latest FPGA families, DDR3 memory, and a fast Gen2 PCI Express interface.
FireBird supports the latest version 2.0 Camera Link specification, including both 80 bit modes: 8 bit 10-tap and 10 bit 8-tap modes at clock rates up to 85 MHz.
FireBird is supported by Active Silicons PHX software development kit (SDK), which allows easy migration for customers using Phoenix frame grabbers. The PHX SDK is available as a separate item, and allows rapid system development and integration. It provides comprehensive example applications and optimized libraries, and is available for a variety of operating systems via a common API, including Windows and Linux (32 bit and 64 bit environments) as well as Mac OS X and QNX. Drivers for third party applications are also available such as Cognex VisionPro, HALCON, Common Vision Blox, StreamPix, LabVIEW etc. As well as functions that control the hardware, the libraries include general purpose functions for the manipulation and display of images.
FireBird also supports GenICam for Camera Link cameras which support CLProtocol, including those using GenCP. A GenTL Producer is provided as part of the FireBird driver installation which allows the frame grabber to be used with GenICam GenTL compliant applications.
Camera Link Interface:
FireBird is fitted with the 26 way 3M MDR/Mini Camera Link connectors and screwlocks as specified in the Camera Link v2.0 specification. LEDs by each connector show the link status.
FireBird supports effective clock rates from DC to the Camera Link maximum of 85MHz, using the Camera Link Strobe (STB) and Data Valid (DVAL) signals.
FireBird supports Power over Camera Link (PoCL) functionality and is able to provide power to PoCL enabled cameras via the Camera Link data cable therefore removing the need for a separate power supply. In addition to this the FireBird implements SafePower, an intelligent sense mechanism which detects the presence of a PoCL camera before applying power to it. This safety mechanism ensures that power is not applied to conventional non-PoCL cameras.
FireBird can supply up to 4W at a nominal 12V to a Base mode PoCL camera, or 8W to Medium/Full/80 bit cameras, as required by the Camera Link specification. Both Camera Link connectors support PoCL, which with SafePower allows the use of any combination of PoCL and conventional cameras.
320 MB of DDR3 memory is fitted for buffering between the Camera Link interface and the PCI Express bus.
512 MBytes of DDR3 memory is fitted for buffering between the Camera Link interface and the PCI Express bus.
4-lane Gen2 interface to support up to 20 Gbps transfer from FireBird to the PC.
8-lane Gen2 interface to support up to 40 Gbps transfer from FireBird to the PC.
The following I/O lines are provided for triggers, optical shaft encoders, exposure control and general I/O:
The following I/O lines are provided for triggers, shaft encoders, exposure control and general I/O:
The fan speed is linked to the temperature of the FPGA die for optimum cooling and noise level.
+3.3 V @ 200 mA
+12 V @ 400 mA
+3.3 V @ 400 mA
+12 V @ 800 mA
+3.3 V @ 650 mA
+12 V @ 910 mA
-15°C to +85°C
0°C to +70°C
10% to 90%